Sea Swallow

Zoé Blue M.

December 11, 2021 - January 29, 2022

6150 Wilshire Blvd

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Sea Swallow, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Zoé Blue M.. On view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, opening Saturday, December 11, 2021. This is Blue M.’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Blue M’s paintings address characterizations of Asian women in both western and eastern popular culture drawing upon a range of source materials from Anime, advertising, art history, and ukiyo-e, as well as personal memories and photographs. For this exhibition, Blue M. examined Jorōgumo, a supernatural entity of Japanese Yōkai folklore.

Possessing a cunning intelligence and a cold heart, Jorōmugo is a spider-like creature who lives near water and feeds on men. Skillful deceivers, they can shape-shift into beautiful, young women whose mission can often be perceived as to witness the downfall of a man. Though the story of Jorōgumo provided the spine of her thinking, the exhibition breaks apart this story. Blue M. elevates the central character by presenting an open narrative that incorporates moments of innocence alongside scenes of villainy. 

Atmospheric exterior paintings with dramatic skies and water are playful such as the siren-esque girls swimming in No Shipwreck Needed or the girl walking along the seashore in Playcate. These moods are contrasted by the psychological and contained interior compositions of Waiting for Tomorrow or Behind the Fall. Together these depictions, consider the complexities of emotional burdens, family history, adolescence, and depictions of East Asian women throughout time and their stereotyping as a way of making sense of her own multicultural identity.

Zoé Blue M. (b. 1994, Los Angeles) Blue M. received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Anderson Ranch, Texas. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; Page NYC, New York; The Gallery @ El Centro; In Lieu, Los Angeles (2019) and group exhibitions include Another Scorcher, Martha’s Contemporary, Austin; Three Oh One, Memorial Hall Gallery, Rhode Island (all 2019). Blue M. lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Sea Swallow

Zoé Blue M.

December 11, 2021 - January 29, 2022

EXHIBITION TEXT

Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Heart Mountain, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 83 ¹⁄₄ x 120 ¹⁄₂ inches / 211.5 x 306.1 cm
Zoé Blue M. Heart Mountain, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Gochiso, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 83 x 52 inches /210.8 x 132.1 cm
Zoé Blue M. Gochiso, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Don't Laugh or You'll Choke, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Zoé Blue M. Don't Laugh or You'll Choke, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 48" x 36" [HxW] (121.92 x 91.44 cm) Inventory #ZBM1026
Zoé Blue M. Jorōgumo, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Zoé Blue M. Jorōgumo, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Holding on Yesterday, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 92 ¹⁄₂ x 43 inches / 235 x 109.2 cm
Zoé Blue M. Holding on Yesterday, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Kids Will Carry, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 92 ¹⁄₂ x 58 inches / 235 x 147.3 cm
Zoé Blue M. Kids Will Carry, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Waiting for Tomorrow, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 92 ¹⁄₂ x 43 inches / 235 x 109.2 cm
Zoé Blue M. Waiting for Tomorrow, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. No Shipwreck Needed, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 83 ¹⁄₄ x 118 inches / 211.5 x 299.7 cm
Zoé Blue M. No Shipwreck Needed, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 83 ¹⁄₄" x 118" [HxW] (211.46 x 299.72 cm) Inventory #ZBM1036
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Behind the Fall, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 90" x 90" [HxW] (228.6 x 228.6 cm) Inventory #ZBM1032
Zoé Blue M. Behind the Fall, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Playcate, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 74 x 52 inches / 188 x 132.1 cm
Zoé Blue M. Playcate, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Playcate, 2021
Detail
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Zoé Blue M. Pet Scarf, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Zoé Blue M. Pet Scarf, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches / 121.9 x 91.4 cm
Zoé Blue M. Sea Swallow, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view

EXHIBITION TEXT

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Sea Swallow, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Zoé Blue M.. On view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, opening Saturday, December 11, 2021. This is Blue M.’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Blue M’s paintings address characterizations of Asian women in both western and eastern popular culture drawing upon a range of source materials from Anime, advertising, art history, and ukiyo-e, as well as personal memories and photographs. For this exhibition, Blue M. examined Jorōgumo, a supernatural entity of Japanese Yōkai folklore.

Possessing a cunning intelligence and a cold heart, Jorōmugo is a spider-like creature who lives near water and feeds on men. Skillful deceivers, they can shape-shift into beautiful, young women whose mission can often be perceived as to witness the downfall of a man. Though the story of Jorōgumo provided the spine of her thinking, the exhibition breaks apart this story. Blue M. elevates the central character by presenting an open narrative that incorporates moments of innocence alongside scenes of villainy. 

Atmospheric exterior paintings with dramatic skies and water are playful such as the siren-esque girls swimming in No Shipwreck Needed or the girl walking along the seashore in Playcate. These moods are contrasted by the psychological and contained interior compositions of Waiting for Tomorrow or Behind the Fall. Together these depictions, consider the complexities of emotional burdens, family history, adolescence, and depictions of East Asian women throughout time and their stereotyping as a way of making sense of her own multicultural identity.

Zoé Blue M. (b. 1994, Los Angeles) Blue M. received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Anderson Ranch, Texas. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; Page NYC, New York; The Gallery @ El Centro; In Lieu, Los Angeles (2019) and group exhibitions include Another Scorcher, Martha’s Contemporary, Austin; Three Oh One, Memorial Hall Gallery, Rhode Island (all 2019). Blue M. lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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